Monday, January 21, 2008

Woelv - Tout Seul dans la Foret en Plein Jour, Aves-Vous Peur?

Tout Seul dans la Foret en Plein Jour, Aves-Vous Peur?
(12.2007, K Records)
Verdict: wonderful

The art book packed alongside Woelv's brilliant new album features pictures of a girl being set on fire, kids knifing each other, a man who has just stepped onto a landmine, a ghost forcing a girl to cut her wrists and other not so pleasant visual treats. These pictures are basically what the music sounds like. Despair seems to be the theme Geneviève has chosen to represent the world we live in as she tells the tales of oppression, war, rape, and other discomforting aspects of life. Geneviève's Bjork-esque layered vocals have a very human and honest quality which gives the otherwise heavy themed album a distinct sense of hope. The music generally consists of simple acoustic guitars, with the occasional bass or piano being backed by Microphones' inspired percussion (She is married to Phil Elverum after all). It's a pretty gloomy album, so those looking for feel good Juno soundtrack indie pop should look elsewhere. But for those that appreciate honest music that's beautiful in its own right, this is for you.

-Wooly Mammal

Stream the album HERE

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